Dear Dr. B,
I’m a man in my 60’s. Depression has been my Goliath as long as I can remember. I am a believer that has a fairly good grasp on Gods word. Yet I can’t muster the joy and happiness that the Word says is mine. I’m reading your book, “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” and have the companion “Hope Prevails Bible Study.” At times, I’m out of hope. A saying I learned as a professional airline pilot describing a crash site was, “The place where the pilots ran out of altitude, airspeed, and ideas all at the same time.” I’ve been close to that place more times than I can count. Can I realistically shed this Goliath in my life?
Ready for Joy
I remember it as if it was yesterday. I stared into the mirror but didn’t recognize the reflection gazing back at me.
Who was she? How did she get here? When did it happen?
I had fallen into depression’s pit.
My productive life turned into a struggle for existence.
As I surveyed my bathroom vanity, the signs of my normal life remained: toothbrush and toothpaste, vitamins, makeup…but the motivation to engage no longer existed.
I jolted upright from a deep sleep to the sound of the phone breaking my slumber in the middle of the night.
“This is the alarm company. We’ve registered a forced entry and motion in the front room. We’ve dispatched the police.”
In a split second, everything you thought was safe and secure became vulnerable and alarming.
A fraction of a second is all it takes for your life to turn upside down.
Interestingly, a fraction of a second is not only how long it can take for an intruder to threaten your physical safety, but your mental and emotional safety as well…